Vesak on May 20th!
There's no greater holy occasion than the full moon of May for Buddhists, this year near the end of May. Not only the final birthday of our great Teacher, it marks his enlightenment day and the date of his passing away. The holiday is called Vesak.
In some Buddhist countries in southeast Asia the festivities of Vesak holiday season leading up to the big full moon day begin 2 weeks before the full moon. Here we will celebrate half a day on Sunday, May 20th, about a week before the full moon, with enthusiasm, with Vesak decorations, holiday-only food treats, and reflections on the life of the historic Buddha. We invite everyone to also join us for the celebration at the Raleigh temple (http://www.ncbuddhisttemple.org/) on Saturday May 26th.
All are welcome, bring your family, and kindly RSVP for yourself and guests.
7 AM: Sil program – Taking of special precepts for the day, then Breakfast
9 AM: "Awakening of a Buddha"
10:30 AM: Break & Preparation for Puja & Pot Luck Lunch
11:30 AM: Puja chanting; Noon Lunch (You are invited to bring a food item to contribute to the pot luck lunch)
1:00 PM: "Arising & Passing of the Buddha's Life"